Mike Bruton 
Member since Feb 9, 2014

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Re: “Warren aims to get rid of red-light cameras

This is great news that Rochester's red-light camera program will be ending! Thank you Mayor Warren for doing the right thing.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 12/03/2016 at 11:11 AM

Re: “Coalition says keep Cobbs Hill Village

Shame on Rochester Management for being so selfish. The existing one-story buildings that make up Cobbs Hill Village are perfect the way they are. They are unobtrusive and blend beautifully with the park. This is because they are one-story.

When you build something in a park, it's irresponsible not to be extra stringent when considering the overall appearance and function of the landscape. Four-stories should be out of the question. Two-stories should be out of the question.

11 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/24/2016 at 10:09 AM

Re: “Bold new proposal put forth for Midtown

Who cares what the building looks like? Taxpayers paid plenty to tear down Midtown Plaza. That's it. We're done paying and we're ready to let anyone build anything they want on parcel 5 with the only stipulation that the City of Rochester benefits monetarily.

Who are we to judge how this building looks? We're not your customers. Send over some CEO's with plans of moving employees downtown; then you'd be talking.

Posted by Mike Bruton on 11/08/2016 at 12:13 PM

Re: “Future of Warren's traffic court uncertain

One reason, and it's really shameful, that New York State doesn't want to change this philosophy of snowballing traffic fines is that they like the easy money. It seems that some of our state representatives are borrowing from the same playbook on fines that the banks have been using for years.

It's one thing for companies and individuals to exploit the poor. But, our own government!? There reaches a point, and with the many thousands of people in Rochester driving without a license for reasons that are purely financial, that something needs to be done.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/18/2016 at 10:36 AM

Re: “Midtown proposal includes 14-story tower and a park

The problem with amenities is that not everyone wants them, but everyone pays for them. Developers shouldn't predetermine that everyone will want, need, and use luxurious amenities. People end up paying through the roof for pools,state-of-the-art security systems, spas, and fitness centers. Center city dwellers want to be downtown to be within walking distance of stores, gyms, theaters, and restaurants. They don't want everything right there as part of some rigid prefabricated gated community. Too many amenities are an incentive for tenants to stay put and that doesn't build on the vibrancy of a city's downtown.

We should focus on getting the kinds of people downtown who really want to be there. Some developers are only interested in building for the elite. Downtown apartments and condos with fewer amenities could be better for downtown as a whole. There just needs to be an effort to attract tenants who would more likely venture out and explore their surroundings. If more people are out walking around having a good time, then it will cost the city more in terms of walkability improvements. So be it. Isn't it appropriate to be considerate of the people who actually live, work, and play in the center of the city?

We shouldn't put developers first. The "urban park" portion of the Gallina-Dutton proposal appears to be merely a token of appreciation in exchange for free reign.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 10/01/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “Is Hillary Clinton ‘qualified’ to be president?

Carly Fiorina's big mouth has served her well during her rise to the pinnacles of corporate power. However, a sharp wit is neither an activity nor an accomplishment. It's an attribute.

Clinton would be a far better president than candidate. We all know this. Nobody can guarantee the health of someone for four years. She'd get plenty of help during her decline, and she'd be replaced by someone when she could no longer do the job. This happens all the time in the corporate world (just ask Carly Fiorina about it). Hillary's replacement would be far better than Donald Trump and his family could ever be.

As for being a non-book-reading-con-man and pathologically-lying-narcissist. It's too bad that this country has such a long presidential campaign that overly values numbers of viewers. Showmanship and media savvy at the expense of everything else, while tolerable during a campaign (it shouldn't be) is clearly unacceptable for a president.

So, is logging millions of air miles as Secretary of State an accomplishment. Well, Hillary bragged about. It's worth repeating, "better president than candidate, better president than candidate".

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/25/2016 at 10:38 AM

Re: “More growth downtown? Developers keep signing on

More young adults are moving back home with mom and dad. So, it looks like the empty nest is becoming a thing of the past. These developers may have the experience, but what about judgement. "Clearly lacking", to quote Bernie Sanders. As to why there are fewer empty nests, maybe it's in part because of the behaviors of greedy developers.

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Posted by Mike Bruton on 09/23/2016 at 12:29 PM

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